The “baby Yoda” of The Mandalorian and the Marvel superheroes of WandaVision gave the enchanted kingdom of Disney + a chance to shine in the face of the ever-popular royal saga The Crown of Netflix in the race for the Emmy Awards, whose nominations were unveiled Tuesday, July 13.
Dominating the flagship category of Best Drama Series, The Crown, which chronicles the history of the British royal family, and The Mandalorian each landed 24 nominations for the very prestigious awards ceremony – the equivalent of the Oscars for television.
La dystopique The Scarlet Maid of Hulu (21 nominations) and the first season of the comedy Ted Lasso broadcast by Apple TV + (20 nominations) are also in pole position for the 73rd edition of the Emmy Awards, the winners of which will be announced at a ceremony scheduled in person on September 19 in Los Angeles, with “a limited audience”.
Some kind of return to normal: last year’s edition was broadcast from an empty theater, with the winners accepting their awards from home. The arrival of the Covid-19 had forced the shootings to lower the curtain and upset the television production programs. And the 25,000 TV Academy voters also spent months trapped at home, sifting through a small selection of series from their couch.
The best limited series category – productions that only have one season – will undoubtedly be the most contested. They have become increasingly competitive in recent years, attracting big names from Hollywood to the most prestigious projects of the small screen.
On the menu, a fight between the saga of Marvel superheroes WandaVision, a series taking up, by decades and over the episodes, the codes of American sitcoms, the chess games of the Lady’s game, Mare of Easttown or the acclaimed I May Destroy You from HBO, which recounts the aftermath of a rape.
In its category of Best Drama Series, the series The Crown, who reacted even within the British royal family, is therefore opposed to The Mandalorian, whose adorable “baby Yoda” boosted subscriptions to the Disney + platform, but also The Scarlet Maid or the very popular Bridgertons Chronicle.
The three previous seasons of the globally successful royal series were also nominated for Best Drama Series, but like all other Netflix productions, The Crown never won. It could also offer awards to its main actors: Emma Corrin for her portrayal of Princess Diana, Josh O’Connor who plays Prince Charles, or Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II.
The last season of Pose, where star Elton John made a surprise appearance, is also competing.
The race between streaming platforms is intensifying, as traditional American TV groups fade away. Like Disney, which has spent billions to place Marvel superheroes and other global franchises on its very young Disney + video-on-demand platform, and finds itself in a bitter standoff with its competitors Netflix and HBO Max.
The Enchanted Kingdom can claim to have created a surprise in the race for rewards, with two series leading the pack: WandaVision and The Mandalorian. Thanks to its subsidiaries ABC and Hulu, it is at the top of the nominations. HBO, with its HBO Max platform, has hit the Netflix post – the two have been vying for the lead in recent years.